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  1. 1. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011 ___________________________________ Today, our nation reflects on the significant contributions and sacrifices our militaryspouses make. Some servicemembers will tell you that every day should be „military spouse appreciationday,‟ and quite honestly, we don‟t disagree. We believe, however, that it is quite fitting that our countrytakes the time to honor and celebrate the strength, patriotism and support of the wives and husbands of ourservice men and women. Thank you for your service!Have a good week and take care. Please note: Some hyperlinks in this text are lengthy, sometimes extending more than one line. For bestresults, cut and paste the entire link into your Web browser.From the White House Presidential Proclamation – Military Spouse Appreciation Day Military spouses serve as steady and supportive partners to the heroes in uniform who protect anddefend our great Nation every day. Across America and around the world, military spouses serve ourcountry in their own special way, helping families and friends through the stress of a deployment,caring for our wounded warriors, and supporting each other when a loved one has made the ultimatesacrifice.Our service members and their families seldom ask for support or recognition. They carry out theirduties to family and country with the quiet courage and strength that has always exemplified theAmerican spirit. On Military Spouse Appreciation Day, we have an opportunity to not only honor thehusbands and wives of our service members, but also thank them by actively expressing our gratitudein both word and deed. For the full proclamation, see the DASD, Robert L. Gordon IIIToday is an extremely meaningful day for the entire military community: Military SpouseAppreciation Day. It provides an opportunity for all of us to take time to truly reflect on what it meansto be a military spouse and just how important our spouses are not only to our families, but to eachService‟s mission readiness as well. Today, we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to supporting andhonoring all of our military spouses. To read the complete blog post, see Providing policy, tools, and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families.
  2. 2. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011From DoDEA President Obama Recognizes DoDEA’s Teacher of the Year, Angelica Jordan, Others DoDEA joined schools around the country along with the National Parent Teacher Association in recognizing the nations teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. DoDEAs teacher of the year, Angelica Jordan, was recognized with teachers of the year from across the nation when President Barack Obama thanked them for their service at a ceremony at the White House. During this week-long celebration, parents and students have the opportunity to thank teachers for the hard work they do each day to make public schools great for every child. DoDEA Teachers Selected for Presidential Award for Excellence in Math, Science Education Two DoDEA teachers have been selected as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Erika Meadows, from Hohenfels, Germany, received the math award and Lisa Zimmerman, also from Hohenfels, Germany, received the science award. President Barack Obama announced the 85 mathematics and science teachers selected last week. All of the educators will receive their awards in Washington, D.C., later this year. Heidelberg H.S. Student Places Third at National Junior Science and Humanities Competition DoDEA student Kevin Burdge from Heidelberg High School in Heidelberg, Germany, placed third at the National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in Physics. Burdge entered the competition with his project, “Holographically Computing the Entanglement Entropy of an Annulus in a Strongly Coupled Conformal Field Theory." Awards were presented at the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force sponsored 49th national symposium, held April 27 – May 1, in San Diego, Calif. The symposium challenges students in grades 9-12 in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Individual students compete for scholarships and recognition by presenting the results of their original research efforts before a panel of judges and an audience of their peers. The National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium is sponsored by the research arm of DoD and administered in cooperation with nationwide colleges and universities. See the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Office Members of Congress, Staffers Visit the Armed Forces Retirement Home On May 2, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy hosted Representative Joe Wilson (R-2nd-SC) and staffers for a visit of the AFRH in Washington, DC. Rep. Wilson is Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Military Personnel Subcommittee which has oversight of MWR and Military Resale matters. Acting CEO, Mr. Steve McManus provided an overview briefing of the sites in both Washington, D.C., and Gulfport, Miss., to include legislative proposals affecting the facilities, site design, planned construction, sustainment efforts, and property/land use issues. Rep. Wilson was particularly interested in the history behind the home, the capacity at both sites, and future plans for construction and use of the property.Page 2
  3. 3. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011From the Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth Military OneSource Webinars – May Schedule Focuses on Military Spouse Employment Webinars are Web-based training sessions using teleconference audio and the Internet to deliver an interactive seminar. All posted times are listed in Eastern Daylight Savings Time. For more information, see The Spouse Career Center: Your Success Is Our Mission Friday, May 20, 201, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time Achieving your career and educational goals when you move frequently can be a challenge. Whether youre changing jobs because of PCS or starting a new career, we can help you and your family prepare for the changes ahead. Let Military OneSource help smooth the way with information about portable work options, flexible college options, licensing, and where to find job postings. Join us for an overview of the Military OneSource Spouse Career Center services. Learn about who we serve, the assistance we can provide, and the benefits of working with a Spouse Career Center consultant as you move ahead in your education and career goals. Business Opportunity, Employment, and Work-at-Home Scams Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time Make money in your bathrobe! Earn $100,000 a year in your spare time! Sound too good to be true? Well, it is. In this webinar, Federal Trade Commission attorney Carol Kando-Pineda shows you how to recognize scams that promise to find you a job, promise you‟ll make money, but end up costing you instead. On the Hunt: Exploring Employment Opportunities Through USA Jobs Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Savings Time As a military spouse, you often find yourself living on or near installations that employ federal civil servants. You, too, could be one and land a federally appropriated or non-appropriated job through USA Jobs, the official job site for the United States Federal Government. Using your Military Spouse Preference to get your foot in the door of Federal Civil Service Employment, you could be eligible for priority placement and/or military spouse preference. Portability is of key importance. If you work for the government, you might be able to transfer from your present position to a position at your spouses new duty station. Join as we discuss navigating and exploring your employment opportunities at USA Jobs contains listings for all available government jobs. You can submit your resume and apply online. For more information on these and other upcoming Webinars, see 3
  4. 4. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011From the Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs Isabel Hodge to Conduct an ‘Autism NOW’ Webinar Thursday, May 12th Isabel Hodge will conduct an Autism NOW ( Webinar entitled "Military Families and Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Presentation on the Unique Challenges and Services Available to Military Families," on Thursday, May 12, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (EDT). Isabel will discuss the unique challenges that military families who have loved ones on the autism spectrum or with other intellectual/developmental disabilities face and the services available to families. To register, see Space is limited, so register early. Autism NOW is a national initiative of The Arc and is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Developmental Disabilities.From the Resale and NAF Policy Office Commissary On-Site Sale Events The Guard/Reserve On-site Sales Program provides the commissary benefit to deserving Guard/Reserve members and their families who live in areas that aren‟t close to an existing commissary store. These sales are not only for the Guard and Reserve – theyre for any authorized shopper. Currently, there are no on-site sales for online ordering. For more information, visit In the next few weeks, DeCA will deliver the benefit: May 13 Guard and Reserve Government Island, Alameda, Calif. May 13-14 Army National Guard Camp Roberts, Calif. May 14-15 Guard and Reserve Colchester, Vt. May 20-21 Guard and Reserve Brandon, Miss. May 20-21 Utah National Guard Cedar City, Utah May 28 Guard and Reserve Augusta, MaineIn the News From Family Focus Friday – Dr. Stanley Discusses TRICARE Coverage for Young Adults I continue to witness, on a daily basis, inspiring examples of service members protecting our freedoms. It is only fitting that the Department of Defense takes care of them and their families, in return. As part of that commitment, the Department continues to look for new and better ways to provide medical care for service members, retirees, and their families. I am happy to announce that the TRICARE Young Adult program is now open for enrollment. Enrolling in the program is simple. See young-adults/ and;jsessionid=NGVhLhwrMJt5gpJpyhW4GTs2n4cy PW1yFnvJ1L0M2r0Ln8sTq1px!1530652655?p=TYA&puri=%2Fhome%2Foverview%2FPlans%2 FLearnAboutPlansAndCosts%2FTRICAREYoungAdultPage 4
  5. 5. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011 From the Chairman’s Corner – A Month of Appreciation and Remembrance America‟s support means so much to our military. In fact, as I travel the world to visit our men and women in uniform, what they want to know most is, “Are the American people still with us?” I tell them that you are. May is set aside as Military Appreciation Month to offer each of us the opportunity to recognize, honor, and show support for all who wear and have worn the uniform, along with the incredible families who serve alongside them. See From the American Forces Press Service – Mrs. Mullen Spotlights Family Issues in New Blog Building resilience and providing long-term support are keys to strengthening military families and better equipping them to weather the frequent, multiple deployments so prevalent in this decade of war, the wife of the nation‟s top military officer said. “We‟ve never asked a generation of families to do what this one has done,” Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said. “We need to make sure they know we care about them, we care about their service, and we will be with them for the long haul.” See and From the American Forces Press Service – Five Military Installations Receive Top Honors Teams from five military installations around the world received top awards for excelling at their mission despite the demands of war and recent natural disasters. Receiving the awards were teams from the U.S. Army Garrison in Wiesbaden, Germany; the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany; and the Defense Logistics Agency-Land and Maritime in Columbus, Ohio. See From the Department of Veterans Affairs – New Family Caregiver Program Now Available The VA announced Tuesday that it is implementing enhancements to existing services for veterans and their caregivers. The new rule will provide additional support to eligible post-9/11 veterans who elect to receive their care in a home setting from a primary family caregiver. On May 9, staff in VAs Office of Care Management and Social Work will open the application process for eligible post-9/11 veterans and servicemembers to designate their family caregivers. Starting May 9th, veterans may download a copy of the Family Caregiver program application (VA CG 10-10) at The application enables the veteran to designate a primary family caregiver and secondary family caregivers if needed. Caregiver Support Coordinators are stationed at every VA medical center and via phone at (877) 222 VETS (8387) to assist veterans and their family caregivers with the application process. From the American Forces Press Service – Survivors Call bin Laden’s Death ‘Bittersweet’ When Wendy Duffman first heard that Osama bin Laden, al-Qaida‟s leader and the mastermind behind 9/11, was dead, she felt a sense of elation, then relief. Her brother, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Scott Eric Duffman, died four years ago in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan -- a war launched in the wake of the deadly terrorist attacks. And as an American Airlines flight attendant in 2001, shePage 5
  6. 6. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011 lost friends and colleagues on the planes that crashed into the Pentagon and Twin Towers, and onto a field in Pennsylvania. See and the Family Matters blog at From the Family Matters blog – Take Time to Thank a Teacher Each year, the nation sets aside a week to celebrate Americas teachers. This year, in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, President Barack Obama hosted a reception for the national and state teachers of the year at the White House yesterday. Among the honorees was the Defense Department teacher of the year, Angelica L. Jordan, a Spanish teacher from Mannheim Elementary School in Germany. See From the American Forces Press Service – Parents Help Children Prepare for Deployment When Erin Hirvela was 2, her parents, Air Force Master Sgts. Gus and Danielle Hirvela, enlisted Sesame Street‟s Elmo to help their daughter understand why her daddy was going away for a while. For service members and their families, preparing for an upcoming deployment is another of the many challenges unique to military life. “When parents are having a conversation about their deployment with their child, they should be as genuine as they can, but filter their communication to the degree that‟s appropriate for the age of their child,” said Kristy Hagar, a child psychologist who has been working with children, adolescents, and young adults for 18 years. See From the TRICARE Media Center – DoD Approves PCM Referral Waiver in Tuscaloosa Area Following the recent tornados, the Department of Defense has approved a waiver of primary care manager referral requirements in the South Region for the Tuscaloosa, Ala., area. The waiver of primary care manager referrals started April 27, 2011 and will end at midnight on June 15, 2011. See of the Week Nutrition Tip of the Week – Making Time for Physical Activity May is National Fitness and Sports Month – the perfect time to pull out those walking shoes and start walking to get ready for fun in the sun. Your heart, your waistline and your frame of mind will greatly appreciate it! Not sure you‟ll be able to fit the recommended 30 minutes of daily exercise into your schedule? Here are some tips to help you do just that: o Park the car at the back of the parking lot and walk more. o Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. o Exercise while watching TV (hand weights, stationary bicycle, treadmill, elliptical machine, exercise ball). o Make physical activity a part of your familys daily routine. o Break your physical activity down into 10-15 minutes sessions throughout the day. For more information on exercising and making healthy and nutritious food choices, check out the Commissary‟s website at 6
  7. 7. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011 Parenting Tip of the Week – May is Healthy Vision Month Every 13 minutes, someone in the U.S. goes to a hospital emergency room for a sports-related eye injury. Here are some simple tips for healthy eyes for you and your children: o Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or as necessary when doing activities around the home. o Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun‟s ultraviolet rays. o Eat right; a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is important for keeping your eyes healthy. Finally, don‟t forget to schedule annual routine eye exams for your family. Visit the TRICARE Web site at for more information. Let’s Move/Childhood Obesity Tip of the Week – Let’s Move Outside Regular exercise in nature is proven to improve children‟s physical and mental health. Outdoor activity helps kids maintain a healthy weight, boosts their immunity and bone health and lowers stress. Let’s Move Outside, administered by the Department of Interior, was created to get kids and families to take advantage of American‟s great outdoors-which abound in every city, town and community. And together, these agencies oversee more than one-fifth of the nation‟s land – including millions of acres of National forests, parks and trails. Kids need at least 60 minutes of active and vigorous play each day to stay healthy, and one of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to meet this goal is by playing outside. By linking parents to nearby parks, trails and waters – and providing tips and ideas – Let’s Move Outside can help families develop a more active lifestyle. See Financial Tip of the Week – Ways to Become Financially Wiser! o Save More. Most people do not think about financial matters from a long-term perspective so they do not estimate how much money they will need for retirement, or if they do, they vastly underestimate how much they will need. o Accept that you will probably live longer than you expect. Individuals are expected to manage their own retirement funds. Many will plan for the average life expectancy, not realizing that this means that half of the people will live longer. The big risk for women is that they will outlive savings. o Learn how to manage your retirement savings plan. Due to the growth of retirement savings plans such as Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), 401(k), and 403(b) plans, workers are now responsible for managing their investments. Most people lack basic financial knowledge but need to become experts about work benefits. o Look for good advice. A significant portion of pre-retirees do not seek the help of a "qualified professional." Yet, while they indicate a strong desire to work with a professional, most ask friends and family for advice. Visit your installation Personal Finance Mangers for assistance in developing your retirement plan.Page 7
  8. 8. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011 o Deal with inflation. Inflation is a fact of life that workers usually deal with through pay increases. After retirement, it is up to people to manage their own assets, or secure guaranteed income. Few people have the skills to manage income to keep up with inflation. o Face facts about long-term care. Many people underestimate their chances of needing long- term care. Relatively few people either own long-term care insurance or can afford to self-insure a long-term care situation. o Provide for a surviving spouse. Many married couples fail to plan for the eventual death of one spouse before the other and the resulting drop in income at the time of widowhood. Many more single women live in poverty in old age. Military OneSource Tip of the Week – Quick Tips for Returning from Deployment Coming home from deployment brings joys and challenges. These tips can help: o Communicate details of the return plan. Keep your spouse updated on any changes to the schedule. o Understand that its normal to feel out of sync with your spouse at first. Both of you have grown and changed during the separation. o Spend time talking with each other. Sometimes its easier to reconnect if you talk while doing something else together, like taking a walk or working out. o Ease back into intimacy. Its not easy to regain physical and emotional closeness after stressful situations. o Be patient with yourself and your family. Fatigue, confusion, and worry, common during this transition, can lead to short tempers. o Tell family members that youre proud of them. Focus on the positive changes you see at home, and let your family know you appreciate them. o Expect your children to test the rules now that both parents are home. Set aside time with your spouse to come up with an approach you both agree on. o Make time in your schedule for family activities. Include one-on-one time with each of your children. o Watch your spending. Its tempting to celebrate your return with dinners out or special gifts, but its important to stay within your means. o Know when to seek help. If you, your spouse, or other family members are feeling signs of stress, physical or emotional, its important to seek expert help – the earlier the better. Contact your installations family service center; the Department of Veterans Affairs on line and by phone at and (800) 905-4675 (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) o (866) 496-8838 (Pacific Daylight Savings Time); or Military OneSource online and by phone at and (800) 342-9647. Spouse Tip – Career Readiness: Moving? Are You Ready to Hit the Ground Running? Ever heard the terms “Career or Job Readiness?” Maybe not. But they are important concepts that will help you do some much needed soul searching, research, preparation and decision making before you hit the pavement (or Internet) to look for a job at your next duty station.Page 8
  9. 9. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011 o Career Decisions – Do you know “what you want to be when you grow up? Are you thinking about a career change? What types of jobs are likely to be in the regions where your military sponsor will be assigned? Let Military OneSource Career and Education consultants help you with career exploration and decision making. Call for free specialty appointments toll-free at (800) 342-9647 and find out what portable careers suit you best and which fields will most likely have jobs available. o Job Applications – Before you start applying for jobs, go online and find a variety of job application forms so you know what personal and professional information employers will be asking for. Gather required information and keep it with you throughout your job search. o Resumes – While you‟re online, look for a variety of resume styles and formats as well. Resumes capture and market your work history, experience and skill sets to employers. Be prepared to write a unique resume (or at least fine tune your standard one) for each job you apply for. Your resume can help make you the „perfect match‟ for each job opening. When writing a resume, ask yourself: What is the employer „buying‟ that I am „selling‟ (in terms of skills, knowledge, abilities, personal qualities and work experience). Military OneSource can help. o Work Hours – What hours are you available to work? Are you locked into a traditional Monday to Friday, 9:00a to 5:00p schedule or are you willing to work odd hours (like bakers do) or shifts (like healthcare and emergency response workers do)? Work hours will affect your health, your marriage and your children. How flexible are you prepared to be? o Transportation – Do you have your own car (bike or motorcycle) or does your family have to coordinate and share? What about parking costs? Do you live in an area that has Mass Transit (rail, subways, buses, car/van pools, or „slug‟ lines)? Do local employers pay locality or transportation subsidies as part of employment benefits? Take a look at a map and see what transportation options your city or county government and commercial companies provide for the area in which you hope to work. Then figure out what your monthly cost of transportation will be compared to your anticipated monthly income. Some methods of transportation are more cost effective than others but may take more of your time. What trade-offs are you willing to make? How far can you go? o Child Care and Youth Activities – If you have children, work life gets complicated. How will you carry out your parenting responsibilities given your work schedule and transportation plans? Will your spouse be able to help on a consistent basis? How will military deployments affect you and the kids? Is there quality, affordable, accessible child care near your home or workplace? What will you do if you have a sick child? Does your child‟s school provide needed transportation to and from after-school activities or do you have friends, neighbors or relatives who can assist? Planning in advance will help you be successful in your work life and in your next job interview. o Wardrobe – What demands does your career field place on your closet? Do you have the uniforms or clothes you need for work settings you have targeted in your job search? If not, you may need to pace yourself. Start saving now and include wardrobe maintenance costs in your family budget. Remember, “If you look the part, you have a better chance of getting the part.” Your appearance will soon be representing the image your employer wants to give its customers and employees at various levels of supervision and management. Plan to look your best! o SECO to the Rescue – DoD‟s new Spouse Education and Career Opportunities – SECO – program has career readiness information and support services online and by phone. You canPage 9
  10. 10. This Week in MC&FP May 6, 2011 reach the Spouse Career Center through the Military OneSource Website at and call center (800) 342-9647. The program also offers the MyCAA program ( which provides financial assistance to spouses in junior military pay grades who are just getting started on a program of study leading to a license, credential or Associates degree. Additionally, SECO has recently expanded the Army‟s Spouse Employment Partnership program to a Military Spouse Employment Partnership program to link spouses from Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force who are „career ready‟ to military friendly employers who are ready to hire them. So, take some time now to improve your career and job readiness! ####Page 10